Bicycling is a simple, poetic way of solving all kinds of problems, all of the things that plague our culture: health, stress, emotional fatigue, traffic, congestion, pollution, the climate. It’s about community involvement and knowing your neighbors.
Few decisions are easier than deciding on who should be involved in a new Eugene area cycling news blog. WeBikeEugene contributors Shane Rhodes and Alexander Hongo were obvious choices. If any more evidence is needed other than their history of activism and participation, one must only look at their current news blogs.
WeBikeEugene contributor Alexander Hongo, long active in the eugene cycling scene, was featured in a story on KVAL.com this morning.
‘Work on your own bike … with the enthusiastic aid of a skilled mechanic’
“By Sreang “C” Hok for KVAL.com”
“EUGENE, Ore. — Amid the hanging tools, bikes and assorted parts at the University of Oregon’s bike loan program, skilled mechanics regularly fix bicycles with their voices and skilled guidance rather than their hands and tools.”
“In other situations you come into a bike shop and there is a very distinct line of separation between where the customers are allowed to be and where the magic happens,” said Alexander Hongo, a Bike Loan Program mechanic. “The cool thing about our shop here is you get to come right into the magic.”
“The mechanics, rather than working on customer’s bikes, empower students to fix their own bikes by teaching maintenance. Customers are allowed to come right into the maintenance area and access the shop tools and work space free of charge. “
Just saw this article at the University of Oregon’s student newspaper website DailyEmerald.com:
From bicycles, tricycles to trailers, Human Powered Machine apprentices fine-tune their craft.
By Lauren Fox | Scene editor
Jan VanderTuin started the Center for Appropriate Transportation in 1992. Since then, the center has added many new programs, including Eugene Bicycle Works, Pedalers Express and a do-it-yourself bicycle repair workspace, but most recently they have added a Human Powered Machines apprenticeship program.